0:04 AM, 23rd May 2023, About 10 months ago 4
Pet owners are facing a ruff time finding rental properties, with landlords more likely to welcome smokers than a tenant with furry friends, research reveals.
According to the Vape Club, just 7% of available rentals are listed as ‘pets considered’ – compared to a whopping 44% for smokers.
That means tenants who quit smoking are more than TWICE as likely to find a home than those with a furry companion.
But even with the new Renters’ Reform Bill granting tenants the legal right to own pets, landlords are still not keen about allowing them in their properties.
Jonathan Rolande, the founder of HouseBuyFast, said: “The main reason landlords prefer not to rent to pet owners is because damage can be an issue, pets can claw at carpet and scratch hard floors.
“There can also be issues with fleas long after the tenant has left.
“Some renters refuse homes that have recently housed a pet.”
He added: “Insurance is an excellent way to protect homes from pet damage.
“I recommend making sure tenants are responsible owners and that the pet is suitable for the space, for example, not having a large dog in a studio flat.
“My advice for tenants is, don’t be afraid to simply ask your landlord.
“Often a conversation at an early stage between landlord and tenant can help clear up any issues and make sure both parties are clear on where they stand.”
While the new Bill doesn’t look like becoming law before October 2024, animal lovers will be left struggling to find a home a rent until then.
The data shows that landlords in Havering, London, are the least welcoming to pet owners, with ZERO pet-friendly properties on the market.
Even in the most pet-friendly location – Dundee – only 14% of rentals accept pets, and that number dwindles across the board due to landlords’ fears of damage to their properties.
A recent survey has revealed that 85% of landlords have incurred damage to their properties from pets.
Dan Marchant, a director at Vape Club, said: “It’s clear to see that owning pets severely limits your options when searching for a rental property.
“However, it’s surprising to see that this sentiment isn’t the same for smokers and almost half (44%) of landlords are willing to accept an active smoker.
“Smoking can cause damage to rental properties with cigarette smoke staining walls, leaving an odour that’s hard to remove and potentially leaving burns on surfaces.”
He added: “Whilst I’m surprised that so many landlords accept active smokers but not pets, it’s clear that quitting smoking will still open up over half of the rental property market.”
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